Staneski on Unfunded Mandates: 'We're Not a Hartford, Nor Are We a Greenwich'

More from the Milford Patch's conversation with Republican Candidate for the 119th District State Representative seat, Pam Staneski.


What are some other important issues for you in Milford?

There's no secret that United Way is one of my loves in supporting young non-profits and small non-profits.

I truly believe that if we put dollars in early, into early childhood education and early prevention then we yield that later and we don't have the dollars spent there. 

I am running for State Rep, so when you talk about State issues, one of the biggest pieces that we found sitting on the Board of Education, as well as being a Board of Alderman, are the unfunded mandates that come back to us that we wind up having to roll into our budgets.

That they'll say 'Every town or city needs to do this'?

Yes. And then they outline and tell you how they want it done, and maybe that doesn't fit this community.

We're not a Hartford, nor are we a Greenwich and so what we do in our community, really--I believe in local control. I believe in local control of the education system. 

I believe in smart growth. I believe that rather than somebody in Hartford telling you how to grow--growth means jobs--let the people who are here at the local level do that.

And the same with education. I found that when we were sitting at the table with our respective unions, and there are many of them on the education side, then when you started having the conversation about the kid in the middle, everybody made the right decision. 

And everybody made decisions that were good for the employee, good for the student, and good for teaching. Which is what, really, we're supposed to be doing--not half the stuff that Hartford and the Federal Government has out billing out and doing. 


There will be more from our conversation with 119th District Democratic Candidate James Maroney in Milford Patch on Tuesday, September 18th.

RONALD M GOLDWYN September 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I sure hope the voters of your district are wise enough to select you as their representative to Hartford. There is not only good looks but brains on your shoulders.
jungis4545 September 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I'll vote for her brains, but her good looks and nice smile goad me on.
MJ September 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I agree with Pam's sentiments here...local control and no high cost mandates! I also agree with her comments about jobs and growth. People on the local level should be allowed to do what is best for our community. It seems to me that the folks in Hartford do not care about Milford, especially when it comes to creating jobs!
Jennifer Ibarra September 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Ron and Jungis, I'm embarassed for you. However Pam looks, as you write "good looks" are irrelevant as to whether or not she can do the job of State Rep. The fact that you both think it is OK to comment on her looks and NOT just whether or not she can do the job is very telling. Please get out of the Dark Ages.
Audra Wilder September 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Well said Jennifer! As for Pam - you have always had my support! Pam and I have discussed many times the beauty of this community and our shared love for United Way of Milford (all dollars raised in Milford stay in Milford). Pam will be a great asset to our government.
Concerned Parent September 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM
When it comes to education in Milford, the BOE needs to step up to ensure "consistancy" across all the schools. Despite what some claim, it's non-existent. Also, when it comes to mandates, I've found that many teachers are frustrated with some of the reactionary policies set by the district. It concerns me when district policies revolve more around themselves looking good than the well-being of our children. There needs to be a balance and when it comes to education in our town, the district holds all the cards. Some of the policies recently set by them are more for making it easier on the administration to handle than to help the children, ie, "no food" policy. This type of policy only impacts a child's overall school experience and more geared to protecting the school than the child by simply placing a ban than educating children about these allergies. This policy is counterproductive, IMO, and only makes it difficult for children to handle a situation if confronted outside of school. Looking to the state to set more mandates is, IMO, an act of deference. Personally, I've considered running for the BOE in Milford, but frankly they scare the heck out of me with the power they hold in our town. In closing, education does not simply revolve around classes, grades, and evaluations by both district and state. It's an overall experience which goes beyond some of the self-serving "mandates and policies" set by those decision makers.
C.S. September 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Good lord neither Ron nor Jumgis said anything off color about Pam, they simply mentioned that she is easy on the eyes. Since when did that become a bad thing?
Pat O'Brien September 17, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I have NEVER heard of a male candidate being judged by his EYE appeal!!!! Hey guys - women now have the right to vote and are in the majority of voters and college students.
Gail C September 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
C.S., Ronald & jungis4545 - It's certainly inappropriate and irrelevant in this context. Regardless of what is actually under discussion, a woman's appearance always seems to be fair game. Whether the comment is positive or negative, the double standard lives on.
Concerned Parent September 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
@Pat, don't judge C.S. too harshly. I believe the comment was carefully phrased to explain the obvious. Speaking for myself, I do not judge people at face value, however, some do. My recommendation, although perceived as sexist, would be to appear as an equal and not simply as a woman with certain assets which stand out above intellect.
Concerned Parent September 17, 2012 at 04:28 PM
@Gail, it's a bit cavalier of any woman to believe they can be perceived as an equal if they were outfits that clearly dlineate themselves from their male constituents. It's alway been said that clothes make the man, in a world filled with a continued desire for gender equality, I see no reason why the same mantra should not apply to women.
Gail C September 18, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Oh, please. It was a casual photo for a short piece in the Milford Patch, for goodness sake. I'm quite sure that Ms. Staneski wears business attire when it's called for. I also find it rather offensive to imply that she was somehow to "blame" for the comments, or that women need to dress to look androgynous in order to be successful.
jungis4545 September 18, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Silly rabbit-- you took the bait.
jungis4545 September 18, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Poor Gail-- another silly rabbit.
Concerned Parent September 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM
@Gail, you are being a bit defensive and its unnecessary. Personally, I do not know Ms. Stanesky and really do not care about her attire, although I have indicated in previous posts that at least Richard Roy reached out to voters in the district during election time but I've yet to see any sign of Ms Staneski, only some campaign signs. And I refuse to be the squeakly wheel to get her to stop by my area in Milford...That's more of a concession versus a courtesy...Very simple, want my vote, show your face. Just a reality check for you, elections are all about perception. Yours, mine, and others all differ.
John Pasnau September 18, 2012 at 04:09 PM
@Pat, I heard about how "hot" Bill Clinton was for 8 years. Be real, this knife cuts both ways. And easy on the eyes does make a difference. JFK v Nixon is the great example. TV viewers thought JFK won. Radio listeners thought it was Nixon.
Jessie Brown September 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Can Pam explain why her son received preferential treatment for a school suspension while she was on the Board of Ed?
Joe Della Monica September 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Brown... Now that name sounds familiar as one who slithers the pages of the Patch in defense of the liberal left. Still complaining about things that have no relevance to the topic at hand. Not shocking
Michael Brown September 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
And the relevance of your comment is . . . ?


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